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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgium
dedollebrouwers.be

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Alcohol has gone from 8% to 12% in recent years due to better yeast performance; according to Kris Kerteler.

Added by Todd on 03-25-2001

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Photo of jampics2
2.72/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

11.2oz bottle into a pint glass  @ The Winking Lizard.  2009 vintage.    

I have a love/hate relationship with DeDolle beers.  I find many of them to be too unbalanced and hot, but a few have been great.  This takes the cake as hands-down the worst of the bunch, starting with the appearance. Good god this looks like mud in a glass.  I poured it carefully but still it came out like mud - super dirty.  The beer is brown with no head.  No lace.  A disappointing start.  

Stille Nacht smells like bubblegum and booze.  Some banana and cotton candy are also noted.  The beer is pretty expressive, but the booze just kills me.  There are some fruity notes like peach and apricot, and a touch of butter.  But, overall, this is like a shot of vodka poured into a nice Belgian.  

Holy smokes.  This is the heaviest, hottest beer ever.  Booze, booze, booze.  Cotton candy.  Booze and some sugary malt afterwards. A touch of caramel and sugar.  More booze and apricot jam.  God lord, how can anyone drink this shit?  I've had a 5 year bottle and it did calm down a bit, but it was still just way too boozy fresh.  Should these really be sold when they're this green? 

To make matters worse, the mouthfeel is characterized by a flat and syrupy thick liquid.  That's it.  Life is too short to drink bad beer like this and even shorter to write about them.  An utter abomination.  When I type Stille Nacht into google it asks me if I meant Still Nacho.  I wish I did.  Even stillborn nachos would be better than this.

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Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 Bottle

Poured into snifter. Pours a light layer of white head. Color is a hazed burnt orange.

Aroma: Big yeast and dried fruit profile. Figs and plum stick out a lot. I also get some Belgian candi sugar. It does show some alcohol. A bit of bready malts and a touch of cereal grain.

Taste: Cereal grain up front. Some dark dried fruits follow. Plums, raisins, oats, and candi sugar. Some bready malts. A touch of booze near the end. Fairly sweet, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and a touch warming. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. It had the right amount of booze showing. It had some solid sweet flavors, but still had a nice malt backbone to even things out. The cereal grain worked well with this beer. I dig it. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Cap says 2003, assume that is the year this was bottled. Pours a cloudy hazed apricot orange/brown color with very minimal head. What head there is collars around the glass in an off white color. Smells sweet with hints of apricot and pear. The taste is pretty sweet as well with an undertone of alcohol. Apricot flavors is all I have in my mind, in a god way, as this drinks very smooth. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. White grapes in the taste as well. Some lace left on the glass as I drink this down. This is very good, sweet, but good.

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Photo of Chincino
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into a tulip glass and it had a two finger fluffy head. It tasted medium-bodied. This beer is highly drinkable. The aroma smells somewhat fruity. It is very smooth to the taste. I hope to visit the De Dolle brewery and look forward to trying more of their beers.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving notes - 2009 Vintage

A - Pours a hazy, dull amber hue, with minimal head, but leaves thick, creamy lacing. Plenty of visible yeast bits can be seen upon a closer look.

S - Phew! Smell is of a massive, syrupy thick caramel, molasses, and apricot sweetness. Brown sugar, spices and yeast are also present.

T - Plenty going on for sure - Big, massive malty sweetness all around. Thick, cookie-dough like malts with apple, apricot, vanilla, cinnamon, and brown sugar flavors. Moderate spiciness from the yeast. Alcohol is amazingly well hidden for a 12% beer. This stuff is like a decadent dessert in a a glass!

M - Mouthfeel is full bodied, syrupy-thick, and creamy. Carbonation is very mild.

D - Definitely a sipper, but the well hidden alcohol earns it some bonus points. As good as it is though, one is enough, two is plenty.

Overall - A truly decadent beer that makes for a great dessert or nightcap. This is among the better BSDA's I've had. Definitely worth hunting down or picking up if spotted!

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Photo of JAXSON
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer probably 50 times in the last 5 years, there's so much to say about it. Some bottles have been near the best beers I've had, some have been pretty forgettable. This review is for a 2009 bottle aged one year, but the score will be upped a bit for the nostalgia and beauty that some vintages have.

Pours a glowing candy apple orange with a thin white film atop. Nose is really signature De Dolle yeast, apples, tropical fruit, maybe a touch of caramel. Flavor is a myriad of things. Some tripel elements but so much more, segues from an apple / tropical fruit into a lavish, lightly sour, almost winey finish. This bottle has a bit too much bitterness on the back palate. The best vintages are sweet and candy-like but finish dry and have a kind of sour funk to them. It's a magical beer, probably best to let it age for a couple years.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Holiday Market in Royal Oak, MI. Reviewed from notes.

Ppours dark brown with an off white head with a bit of lacing. The nose fits the style quite well with good notes of dark fruits, caramel, and a bit of booze. The taste and mouthfeel combine together quite well. There is a nice creamy character that accentuates the dark fruit and caramel flavors. Overall, a well done beer that I think would be quite a bit better with some age on it.

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Photo of mexikrainian
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: copper orange with busty white head and patchy lacing

Aroma: apple, ginger, floral notes, vanilla and candied spice.

Flavor: sweet, apple, alcoholic, Belgian spice, caramel and dry finish.

Mouthfeel: syrupy medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: delicious! reminiscent of alcoholic cider.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From cap: Bottled Oct2009.

Appearance -- Looks like old fashioned apple cider in the glass with one finger of creamy beige head. I'm keen on it.

Smell -- Pears and apples, caramel, gentle spice, faint alcohol present. Caramel apple cider?

Taste -- Pears and apples like the nose. apple cider, banana and bubblegum coming out of the yeast. Finish is a bit yeasty with apple, toffee, and moderate alcohol.

Mouthfeel -- Full-bodied, a bit slick, with plenty of fluffy carbonation. Pronounced warming of the throat by the second sip. Satisfying.

Drinkability -- Bought this on sale at my local bottle shop and it appears that soon I'll be back to purchase more. I can imagine this being quite boozy fresh, but after a year it's drinking rather well. After a few more years I bet this will drink like a champ. Phenomenal.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.75/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Unfortunately, there was not date sticker on this one, so I'm not sure of the vintage. In any case...

A: The pour is an opaque dark orange color with a dense white head. Fairly good head retention, too.

S: A fairly enticing nose. Lots of sweet, amber candi sugar, pears, bananas, and figs. Some warming spice notes and a mild yeast character. A hint or too of alcohol as well.

T: The initial few sips are nice, and follow the nose well. Candi sugar, and some dark fruit notes up front, but the finish is just alcohol. Very, very hot and ethanol forward after the initial flavor of the beer.

M: The body is nice. A medium body with a very fine carbonation that fills the mouth. Unfortunately, the alcohol sort of ruins this too.

D: It's too bad that this beer was so alcohol forward. I'll look to revisit this beer in the future (possibly with an aged bottle), hoping this was an aberration.

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Photo of jhbastii
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here goes, my first review. Be advised, my lexicon of abstract descriptive beer lingo may be lacking, I will give this my best.

The nitty gritty:

The beer: 2003 vintage- De Dolle Stille Nacht from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers - .33 liters/11.16 oz. Purchased from a collector who bought it retail and stored it in a box in a consistently cool and dark closet. This was enjoyed from a snifter.

A: Translucent from disturbed sediment, beautiful light terracotta, pours thick and had approximately 250 small to medium size bubbles collectively between my friends glass and mine.

S: Complex nose dominated by enjoyable smooth prune, lighter notes of caramel. There is more there that I am unable to identify. Very pleasant, almost hard to stop smelling and get to the tasting.

T: Joyous. 7 years of lying in wait. Prunes and raisin dominate, vanilla, a warmth of alcohol. Complex, I wish I had the words to describe. Similar prune taste to an older Thomas Hardy but not as overbearing. Very smooth, absolutely delicious.

M: Due partially to the low carbonation I'm sure, this beer has a thin syrupy mouth-feel with minor nucleation happening on my tongue. Very smooth.

D: I shared this beer with a friend and was left wanting more. I could have easily had the whole thing. 2 may have been to much. This is a perfect sipping beer for a cool night or a night cap. Although, being a 2003 vintage, it's going to be a rare and special night. A must try if you can get your hands on one.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with my wife in our NYC hotel. Very nice.

Review #300

I was surprised that the color of this beer was not dark at all, but rather a hazy golden sunset hue. The beer has a medium-small white head that recedes pretty quickly, leaving a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Aromas consist of Belgian yeast, alcohol, and delectable fruity esters. Stille Nacht has a very bold and brash flavor, with a heavy alcohol presence. I would really like to sample some older vintages, as I imagine this beer ages quite gracefully. Despite the deceptive appearance, this beer tastes remarkably like a quad. The feel is very good and the heat is even enjoyable. This spicy beer was a tasty treat. I look forward to stashing a few of these away in the cellar.

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Photo of avalon07
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark orange color and a thick, cloudy texture. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A big, powerful aroma of yeast, malt, fruit, and some alcohol.

T: Tasted of peaches, Belgian yeast, malt, and caramel. Alcohol was present, but not obnoxiously so. A very complex flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An excellent, drinkable beer.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a tulip.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big, fluffy, medium, three finger off-white head with great retention. Head slowly fades to a thick foam cap. Burnt umber brown in color, opaque, with lots of carbonation evident. A nice cap remains until the end leaving a little lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Some grainy malt with lots of spices. Some dark fruits, like raisins and dates, but the spicy notes are more prevalent. A touch of sweet caramel malt in the back as well. A bigger nose on this one.

TASTE: Sweet malts up front with touches of caramel in there, then lots of spicy notes thereafter. Hints of raisins and dates, and lots of spicy alcohol on the finish. Bold, big, and lingering aftertaste of spices, pepper, coriander, and warming alcohol. Definitely a winter beer.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation, much fuller than their other beers. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a big alcohol burn at the finish. A little much on the burn, but the fuller body keeps it from being off-putting, which cannot be said for their other offerings.

OVERALL: By far the best beer I've had from De Dolle. The alcohol burn makes it a little tougher to drink, but it is still an enjoyable sipper to help warm you up in the winter. The palate also delivered on this one, which cannot be said for their other offering, so the alcohol burn was kept in check by the creaminess of the body. Check it out if you get the chance.

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Photo of Damian
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank from a 330 ml bottle at Brasserie Erasmus, Brugge, Belgium
1987 vintage
Served in a wine glass

The twenty-three year old bottle opened with a loud "psst." A terrific sign already. A fizzy, one-finger head capped the liquid but it quickly dissolved to reveal a gorgeous, crystal clear amber body. The beer very much resembled a spirit.

The aroma was simply mesmerizing. Image the best port or madiera you have ever smelled and this is what you have here. Tons of malt sugars, dark fruits and spices. Plums and raisins were definitely noticeable. Some alcohol warmth was detectible as well.

Slight metallic and oxidative notes greeted the palate up front but both were rather unobtrusive. As the beer opened up, these small shortcomings were barely perceivable. The overall flavor profile was malty rich and super smooth. Lots of caramel, toffee and nuttiness. As with the nose, the port characteristics were obvious. A bit of alcohol warmth came through on the remarkably crisp, off-dry finish. Call me crazy, but I even picked up a touch of earthy hops as well.

The mouthfeel was syrupy, yet not overly so. As expected, the carbonation was very mild. Even this minute amount of fizz helped the beer from becoming cloying.

Drinkability was simply off the charts. The twenty-three years of age on this brew made the 12% ABV practically indecipherable.

I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to sample such an amazing beer. Kudos to the brewers at De Dolle for making such a fantastic elixir and to the folks at Erasmus for presenting this beer to me in optimal condition. I simply cannot have imagined a better way to finish my meal. Drinking this was surely the highlight of my Belgian beer odyssey.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Nice looking light amber body. Smaller patchy cream head.

S - Smells of different light fruits and definate warm spicy alcohol notes.

T - Big bold flavor in this brew. For me it tastes like a lightly caramel sprayed spicy green apple that has been sitting in warm alcohol. Herbal spice notes in the background. How can you go wrong with that? Fruity, sweet, tart, warm, spicy.

M - Smooth mouthfeel with a crisp alcohol bite. It slides right down. Nice carbonation and aftertaste as well. Dry spicy finish.

D - This beer is smooth but sharp. Not sure have more than 2. This one should be savored for all its goodness.

Notes - Let's give credit to De Dolle. This brewery makes real quality beers. Ive yet to be disapointed.

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Photo of azorie
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage, lucky to have quite a few of these hanging round the state, so I picked up all I could find last week in grand tour of the state.

A - Poured the beer into tulip at about 50f. Nice tan/orange brown in color. Poured easy and left yeast in bottle, decent 1 inch lace formed, lasted a while.

S - Very complex mix of dark candy and fruits and raisins.The alcohol is there in layers, very cognac like even, the sugar and spice mix well together.

T - Again very complex blend here. very sweet front end with lots of fruit of all plum like types, raisins etc, the malt and yeast add depth of candy tastes. The alcohol warmth is there but it does not overpower the beer, very nice stuff. its a strange beer its strong but its so well made it just grows on yea.

M - medium carbonation and moderately heavy body.

D - very very easy to drink more than 1 11.3 (330ml) bottle.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Grabbed a marked down bottle of this at Downtown Wine and Spirits today. I like the label with the little snowman on it. It pours a murky, dark orange color, with a solid inch of white heading. Alcohol can be smelled right off the bat after the pour, along with some honey and ripe dark fruit. More of the same from the taste, which is very nectar like if that makes any sense. Mouthfeel is definitely on the hefty side, and rather hot, though I am not sure what year this bottle is. The heightened alcohol does hurt the drinkability a bit, but if you sip this one slowly, your good to go. Overall a nice Belgian beer from De Dolle. I will visit this ale again when it gets a bit colder out. Cheers

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes on 1/30/10. 2006 vintage, thanks to a most generous BA for sharing.

A - Poured a lovely auburn brown with a beige head that left decent lacing. Hazy/cloudy. 3.5

S - Lots of dark and light fruits. Pears, apricots, and plums come to mind, maybe a tiny bit of raisin too. Hint of brandy possibly? Characteristic Belgian spiciness. Alcohol, although subdued. 4.5

T - Layers and layers of complexities. Every aroma detected was tasted in each sip, maybe even a hint of carob showed up too. This is divine with none of the flavors off balance. The alcohol warmth rounded out the experience nicely. 4.5

M - Well carbonated and moderate body. Carbonation prickles the palate. 4.0

D - Most excellent indeed. I would buy this. 4.5

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Photo of abriggs1
4.89/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice carbonation for such a heady brew. The smell is a combination of mead and madiera with some orange. Somehow, i don't smell a lot of boose even with it being 12%. The taste is very madeira-like more than anything else, which is right up my alley. Taking my first few sips, i guessed the alcohol content was maybe around 8-9%; 10% at the most. I was surprised to see that it was 12%. The taste of the boose is there, but it's extremely well balanced against the hops and the malt. This beer is way too drinkable for how strong it is. I know I should sip it carefully with my pinky stuck out, but I can't help but take one big sip after another. This is truly a magical beer, even by De Dolle's standards.

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Photo of smcolw
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest head that settles quickly to a single layer of tiny bubbles. It does leaves some slippery lace that cascades down the glass slowly. The broth is a muddy orange-brown.

Lots of sweet syrupy brown sugar aroma. Reminds me of oxidized madeira. Definitive warming alcohol.

VERY sweet, perhaps the sweetest brew I've ever had. Light hop in the swallow but the aftertaste is all alcohol. The body is like watered down syrup, or in another words: It's very rich beer with a consistency of light cream. The flavor has a port-like quality.

No way it could be anyone's everyday beer, but it is an easy sipping beer.

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Photo of BTPete
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle to tulip.

A: Rusty amber color. Lost of bubbles at base of tulip and 1 cm head on top.

S: Smells of dark fruit, almost vinous in a way. Also smells sweet.

T: Is once again dark fruit, bready, malty, boozy and a little bitter. I also pick up a little bit of spice in there, maybe from the yeast.

M: Medium to full bodied. Good carbonation.

D: Although sweet and a little boozy this is a really pleasant sipper, especially at 12%. Too much would upset my stomach though.

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Photo of SourBatchKid
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden cloudy cider but when i light of the sun hits it you can pick up specks of glistening amber. Such a thick head with a touch of lacing thats so fluffy i think it might just hold me.

S- Mmmm honey and booze at first, then i get smacked in the face with yeasty bread, followed by the presence of tropical fruits. Bananas, star fruit and mango, I am digg'n this brew.

T- This taste so fruity its beginning to make me question my sexual orientation. HA! But really, now that i taste it it reminds me of more of southern fruits like peach's and apricot then the tropical fruits i smell. Almost reminds me a an ice wine, almost.

M- The carbonation screams method champ. Extremely smooth, sweet and buttery with a slightly dry finish.

D- I am into it for sure. The complexity of this beer will keep me going back for more.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.42/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Burnt golden color, somewhat hazy, huge head with a multitude of bubble sizes, fizzed up really quickly.

S - Tons of honey, cherries, spice, very fruity and sweet.

T - Exceptionally rich in flavor. The honey and raisins are almost overpowering. Nice fruity taste, little chaulky.

M - Medium body with a high dose of carbonation leads some bite to this.

D - Just too hard for me to drink as it was so rich, need something to cut the sweetness and depth of this, food, or something else.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip. Cap says this was bottled October 2009.

Appearance: rich, slightly cloudy cidery hue. It is definitely toward the lighter side of a BSDA. Head is a finger of tan-ivory foam which looks to be sticking around.

Smell: very nice tree-fruit aromas of apple and pear backed with a little raisin and plum. There are also just a hints of tartness and chalk in the aroma. It's heady and quite delicious-smelling. Great.

Taste: sweet, bitter, a little chalky and even a little tart at the end. Big malt flavor profile with a little more emphasis on brightness than heady tree fruit (also, I think the alcohol is contributing some brightness here). The little bit of chalk helps balance the overall effect. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: nice medium body with a large helping of nice carbonation creates a wonderful creaminess. You know I love it.

Drinkability: exceptionally drinkable, especially considering its larger-than-life ABV. While I think there are some imperfections in the flavor, it's still very good and has a helluva lot going for it.

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De Dolle Stille Nacht from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 1,058 ratings
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